BC Auto News Round-Up
In an industry as important to BC as the automotive industry, there’s always a lot going on locally. It’s worth noting the sheer size of the industry sometimes, and reminding prospective students of the tremendous job opportunities that currently exist. There’s never been a better time for auto mechanic training, auto body collision repair courses and auto sales programs.
Here are some of the most recent BC auto industry stories that have caught our attention:
Able Auto Body adds second location to join CSN collision & glass
Able Auto Body Owner Roger Roy worked for over fifteen years as an automotive paint technician before taking over as owner of the repair facility. The company has since expanded and grown, and, with locations in Surrey and Newton, it is now part of the CSN national network of repair shops.
Abbotsford recognizes Neil James for environmentalism
Neil James and his company, Ralph’s Auto Supply, have been honored with the first-ever Green Leader award at Abbotsford’s Environmental Leadership Awards held at the Ramada Plaza & Conference Centre. James was the founding father of the Canadian Auto Recyclers’ Environmental Code (CAREC), which was recently adopted by the city of Abbotsford.
Jim Pattison, the Warren Buffett of BC?
Maclean’s has an enlightening profile of Jim Pattison, who they call the Warren Buffet of British Columbia. This comes hot on the heels of the Jim Pattison Auto Group’s expansion into Manitoba, which we covered recently. What’s next for the 83-year-old billionaire?
As if you needed any more reason to check out the Vancouver International Auto Show, it will will give away two luxury vehicles in its annual Dream Car Lottery. Visitors have the chance to win a BMW X5 Diesel and a BMW Z4 Roadster (combined value over $145,000). Proceeds benefit various charities, non-profit and sport organizations supported by the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC. Don’t miss your chance!